Many people believe that Reflexology dates back to ancient Egypt and China. There are many references back to an old Egyptian hieroglyph depicting someone manipulating another person’s foot. The hieroglyphics roughly translate to “Don’t hurt me” with a response of “I shall act so you praise me.” However, there hasn’t been any direct explanation of what was being done to the foot.
Modern day Reflexology, as best we can trace it, appeared to have been formalized by a Physiotherapist named Eunice Ingham who, through observation, created a mapping of different areas of the feet to organs of the body, proposing that underlying issues could be helped by working the “reflected” organ in the feet. Today, Reflexology is primarily performed on the feet and hands and involves the application of pressure to specific points.
There have not been many clinical studies on Reflexology but people appear to unequivocably benefit from some fundamental effects of Foot Reflexology… the therapist’s healing touch provides improvements in structure (helping to streamline the body’s lines), increases flexibility (producing healthier feet), and lowers stress and relaxes the body(which releases stored toxins and restores the body’s chemical balance. Depending on the nature of the issues being addressed, the sensation will vary widely from stretching to a nerve-like pinch to needle-like sensations where it might feel like fingernails are being stuck into your feet. These are simply stress reactions of your body and will change dramatically as your feet become healthier.
Many of my foot Reflexology clients start by needing to address foot pain. Over time, I’ve modified the approach for those clients to incorporate some elements of Rolfing to more effectively and more holistically correct underlying issues. Those Reflexology clients have almost always tended to migrate to regular Reflexology sessions even after the primary issues were resolved because during the early therapy, Reflexology clients generally also experience the benefits of lower stress and higher levels of relaxation throughout themselves.
Foot reflexology is an effective method of addressing specific areas of aches and pains and is a wonderful way of relaxing. It will keep your feet flexible and in great health, minimizing the chances that the original issues will recur and supporting a lower stress level in your day to day living.
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